Arctic Five Fellows pilot call of Arctic Five Fellow

Arctic Five invites applications to the pilot call for Arctic Five Fellows

January 27, 2023

The Arctic Five is a partnership between Luleå University of Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Umeå University, the University of Lapland, and the University of Oulu, whom together aim to lead the way on key Arctic issues. Through this alliance we seek to advance and share knowledge, develop education, and create innovations for the advancement of our region and for a sustainable Arctic.

Call documents:
Application requires three (3) individual PDF documents as follows:
1. The Application form – click to access the Application form (editable PDF, rename: firstname lastname _application for Arctic Five fellow 2023, save data and print filled in form to PDF), and
2. Required Appendices (2) (PDF format), please name the appendices clearly indicating who’s application appendices they are: Appendix 2.1 Research Plan (free format 1-2 pages, PDF) and Appendix 2.2 Letter of Support (free format, PDF).

Application form and the two appendices are submitted via Email to: Dag Avango, Co-Director of the Arctic Five ( by March 17th, 2023 [23:59 CET].

Process Timeline
Deadline for applications: March 17th, 2023 at 23:59 CET
Evaluation period: March 18th – May 5th, 2023
Candidates informed of decision: by May 12th, 2023  

Reference documents
Joint Arctic Agenda
– Bylaws
– Arctic Five Chairs and Fellows initiative
full call announcement in PDF format

A New Initiative

The Arctic Five fellows is a part of the Arctic Five’s flagship initiative, the Chairs & Fellows, which is a new format for collaboration within the Arctic Five, built on scholars with the will and capacity to build alliances that develop cooperation in research and education. The overarching aim of the initiative is to improve the success of Arctic Five universities in securing external funding, and in this way, help meet our goal in finding research-based solutions to joint problems facing our northern societies.

The call for Arctic Five Fellows is aimed at early career scholars at the Arctic five universities – PhD students and post-docs – who want to contribute to the aims of the Arctic Five by building research collaborations within the Arctic five, based on research they are engaged in.

Arctic Five Fellows Eligibility Criteria and Benefits

For whom: We will invite proposals from all academic disciplines in two Fellows categories: 1) Junior Arctic Five Fellows, who are PhD students +2 years into their PhD research, registered at an Arctic Five Institution and 2) Senior Arctic Five Fellows, that are Postdoctoral graduates in the early stages of their research career, 1-4 years from obtaining their PhD Degree, employed or affiliated to an Arctic Five University.

What we offer: We are looking to nominate a minimum of 10 Arctic Five Fellows in the 2023 pilot call. A Fellow is a 12-month nomination starting on September 1, 2023, working on their own Fellow project (i.e., their already ongoing PhD or Post-doc project). If possible, we will link the Fellows Projects to current Arctic Five Chairs networks (Research Collaboration – The Arctic Five), in order to create possibilities for networking within the Arctic Five universities and beyond. We also offer support from the Arctic Five Secretariat. Moreover, each Arctic Five Fellow will receive 3000-5000 Euros funding for travel and networking from their home institution.

Each nominated Fellow is expected to participate and contribute to an international Academic conference and an Arctic Five Chairs and Fellows conference during the Fellow period. The Arctic Five Fellow nomination cannot be used as a basis for a new employment contract nor for external recruitment, as the nomination itself does not entail salary compensations nor requires dedicated work time allocation.

Evaluation Criteria 

Applications for Arctic Five Fellow will be evaluated through three main criteria and their sub-indicators. For each applicant, each criterion is assessed by using yes/no criteria. The application form and the required appendices will be used in the evaluation and in-house ranking of the applicants. Full detailed evaluation criteria is available via the application form. The following evaluation criteria is used:

ABILITY / Applicants competence, capacity and skills
IMPACT / Quality of the proposed Fellows project, its feasibility of implementation and potential impact
RELEVANCE / Project and Action in reflection to the Arctic Five priorities (Joint Arctic Agenda) and the Chairs and Fellows Initiative

Application and Questions

Applications and supporting appendices are to be sent to: Dag Avango, Co-Director of the Arctic Five ( by March 17th, 2023 [23:59 CET].

For Questions about the Arctic Five Fellows, please contact Dag Avango at the e-mail address above.

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